Biology of Coccidiosis-Causing Eimeria: an Example of Perfect Complexity

16 August 2016, at 6:00am

The Eimeria biological cycle is a very complex one and is comprised of intracellular, extracellular, asexual and sexual stages.

It is of paramount importance to understand the biological cycle, as it helps us understand parasite epidemiology in the field, as well as its pathogenicity and immunobiology.

Despite the complexity of the life cycles of the various Eimeria parasites, the entire Eimeria life cycle takes just 4-7 days depending on the species.

This short life-cycle, combined with the potential for massive reproductive capability during the intracellular phase, makes this group of parasites a serious problem under intensive farming conditions.

Click here to find out more about Eimeria life cycles and watch an animated video.